NBA Player Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets has just made history, becoming the first NBA player to join gay rights group, Athlete Ally, an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports.
“Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country,” 23-year-old said in an interview with the Huffington Post.
The issue hits home for Faried, literally. He was raised in Newark, NJ by a lesbian couple who entered into a civil union in 2007. “I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community — whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans — to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities,” he said.
Last month, Faried appeared in a video for LGBT rights group OneColorado with his two mothers by his side. He announced his support for marriage equality and said, “Nobody can ever tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do.”
Other members of Athlete Ally include Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns and Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans.
According to a press release, “Faried will act as a liaison between the organization and the NBA, help promote Athlete Ally’s mission to end homophobia in sports by speaking out to his team, league and fan base, and encouraging his colleagues to join in the effort.”